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DS 2020 : 23rd International Conference on Discovery Science


Conference Series : Discovery Science
When Oct 19, 2020 - Oct 21, 2020
Where Thessaloniki, Greece
Abstract Registration Due May 20, 2020
Submission Deadline May 25, 2020
Notification Due Jul 20, 2020
Final Version Due Aug 10, 2020
Categories    artificial intelligence   machine learning   knowledge discovery   data mining

Call For Papers


The 23rd International Conference on Discovery Science (DS 2020)

Thessaloniki, Greece, October, 19-21, 2020

2nd Call for Papers


The international conference on Discovery Science provides an open forum for intensive discussions and exchange of new ideas among researchers working in the area of Discovery Science. The conference focus is on the use of artificial intelligence methods in science. Its scope includes the development and analysis of methods for discovering scientific knowledge, coming from machine learning, data mining, intelligent data analysis, and big data analytics, as well as their application in various domains.

We invite submissions of research papers addressing all aspects of discovery science. We encourage papers that focus on the analysis of different types of massive and complex data, including structured, spatio-temporal and network data, as well as heterogeneous, continuous or imprecise data. We also encourage papers in the fields of computational scientific discovery, mining scientific data, computational creativity and discovery informatics. We welcome papers addressing applications of artificial intelligence in different domains of science, including biomedicine and life sciences, materials science, astronomy, physics, chemistry, as well as social sciences.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
* Artificial intelligence (machine learning, knowledge representation and reasoning, natural language processing, statistical methods, etc.) applied to science
* Machine learning: supervised learning (including ranking, multi-target prediction and structured prediction), unsupervised learning, semi-supervised learning, active learning, reinforcement learning, online learning, transfer learning, etc.
* Knowledge discovery and data mining
* Causal modelling
* AutoML, meta-learning, planning to learn
* Machine learning and high-performance computing, grid and cloud computing
* Literature-based discovery
* Ontologies for science, including the representation and annotation of datasets and domain knowledge
* Explainable AI, interpretability of machine learning and deep learning models
* Process discovery and analysis
* Computational creativity
* Anomaly detection and outlier detection
* Data streams, evolving data, change detection, concept drift, model maintenance
* Network analysis
* Time-series analysis
* Learning from complex data
* Graphs, networks, linked and relational data
* Spatial, temporal and spatiotemporal data
* Unstructured data, including textual and web data
* Multimedia data
* Data and knowledge visualization
* Human-machine interaction for knowledge discovery and management
* Evaluation of models and predictions in discovery setting
* Machine learning and cybersecurity
* Applications of the above techniques in scientific domains, such as
* Physical sciences (e.g., materials sciences, particle physics)
* Life sciences (e.g., systems biology/systems medicine)
* Environmental sciences
* Natural and social sciences

Important Dates
Abstract submission: May, 20 2020
Full papers submission: May, 25 2020
Notification: July, 20 20020
Camera readies, author registration: August, 10 2020
Conference: October, 19-21 2020

Submission Guidelines
Papers must be written in English and formatted according to the Springer LNCS guidelines ( Papers should be submitted in PDF form via the DS 2020 Online Submission System (EasyChair - submit here Once a paper has been submitted to the conference, changes to the author list are not permitted.

Submitted papers should not exceed 15 pages (long papers) and 10 pages (short ones), in total (including references). All submissions will be subject to review by the DS 2020 Program Committee. The Program Committee reserves the right to offer acceptance as Short Papers (10 pages in the Proceedings) to some Long Paper submissions. All accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings published by Springer LNCS series and will have allocated time for oral presentation in the conference.

The reviews are single-blind. Authors do not need to anonymize their submission. Submitted papers may not have appeared in or be under consideration for another workshop, conference or journal. They may not be under review or submitted to another forum during the DS 2020 review process.
Authors of accepted papers will transfer their copyrights to Springer. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Open access publication (against the payment of additional open access fees) is possible and should be specified when submitting the camera ready copies of the papers. For a paper to appear in the proceedings, at least one of the authors must register for the conference by the camera-ready submission deadline and present the paper at the conference.

Special issue

The authors of a number of selected papers presented at DS 2020 will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of Machine Learning journal (published by Springer) on Discovery Science. Fast-track processing will be used to have them reviewed and published.

Invited speakers

* Myra Spiliopoulou, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
* Gustau Camps-Valls, Universitat de València
* Peter Flach, University of Bristol


The conference will take place at the Grand Hotel Palace, the largest 5-star conference hotel in Thessaloniki -- the 2nd biggest city of Greece. Thessaloniki is directly connected by flight to many European cities. A number of tourist attractions are within easy reach of Thessaloniki: These include Mount Olympus (70 km from Thessaloniki), Vergina (which is at a driving distance of 40 minutes) and the UNESCO world heritage Mount Athos with 20 monasteries (which can be visited by men only and is at a ~2h driving distance).

Programme Committee

* Martin Atzmueller, Tilburg University
* Viktor Bengs, Paderborn University
* Concha Bielza Lozoya, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
* Konstantinos Blekas, University of Ioannina
* Alberto Cano, Virginia Commonwealth University
* Michelangelo Ceci, University of Bari Aldo Moro
* Paolo Ceravolo, Politecnico di Milano
* Bruno Cremilleux, University of Caen Normandy
* Claudia d’Amato, University of Bari Aldo Moro
* Nicola Di Mauro, University of Bari Aldo Moro
* Ivica Dimitrovski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
* Wouter Duivesteijn, Eindhoven University of Technology
* Sašo Džeroski, Jožef Stefan Institute
* Hadi Fanaee-T, University of Oslo
* Nicola Fanizzi, University of Bari Aldo Moro
* Stefano Ferilli, University of Bari Aldo Moro
* Johannes Fürnkranz, Johannes Kepler University Linz
* Mohamed Gaber, Birmingham City University
* Dragan Gamberger, Rudjer Bošković Institute
* Dimitris Gunopoulos, University of Athens
* Makoto Haraguchi, Hokkaido University
* Kouichi Hirata, Kyushu Institute of Technology
* Jaakko Hollmén, Aalto University
* Eyke Huellermeier, Paderborn University
* Dino Ienco, Irstea
* Alípio Jorge, University of Porto
* Ioannis Katakis, University of Nicosia
* Masahiro Kimura, Ryukoku University
* Dragi Kocev, Jožef Stefan Institute
* Petra Kralj Novak, Jožef Stefan Institute
* Stefan Kramer, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
* Vincenzo Lagani, Ilia State University
* Pedro Larranaga, University of Madrid
* Nada Lavrač, Jožef Stefan Institute
* Jurica Levatić, Institute for Research in Biomedicine
* Tomislav Lipic, Rudjer Bošković Institute
* Francesca Alessandra Lisi, University of Bari Aldo Moro
* Gjorgji Madjarov, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje
* Giuseppe Manco, Institute for high performance computing and networking
* Elio Masciari, Institute for high performance computing and networking
* Anna Monreale, University of Pisa
* Rita P. Ribeiro, University of Porto
* Panče Panov, Jožef Stefan Institute
* George Papakostas, International Hellenic University
* Ruggero G. Pensa, University of Torino
* Bernhard Pfahringer, University of Waikato
* Gianvito Pio, University of Bari Aldo Moro
* Pascal Poncelet, LIRMM Montpellier
* Chedy Raïssi, French research institute for digital sciences
* Jan Ramon, French research institute for digital sciences
* Kazumi Saito, University of Shizuoka
* Tomislav Smuc, Rudjer Bošković Institute
* Jerzy Stefanowski, Poznan University of Technology
* Ljupčo Todorovski, University of Ljubljana
* Luis Torgo, Dalhousie University
* Ioannis Tsamardinos, University of Crete
* Herna Viktor, University of Ottawa
* Michalis Vlachos, Université de Lausanne
* Albrecht Zimmermann, University of Caen Normandy
* Blaž Zupan, University of Ljubljana


General Chairs
* Yannis Manolopoulos, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus
* Stan Matwin,Dalhousie University, Canada

Program Chairs
* Annalisa Appice, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy
* Grigorios Tsoumakas, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Steering Committee Chair
* Saso Dzeroski, Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Local Organizing Chairs
* Anastasios Gounaris, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
* Apostolos Papadopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

* Richard Chbeir, University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, France

All questions about submissions should be emailed to the program chairs Annalisa Appice ( or Grigorios Tsoumakas (

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